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Christmas Ever After by Karen Schaler

Positively Charming

Christmas Ever After by Karen Schaler is a most delightful contemporary Christmas novel that will warm your heart and leave you smiling.

Log cabins, snow, Christmas trees and Santas are everything you need for the festive atmosphere – but what happens if you really want to avoid Christmas every year? This novel will awaken the spirit of Christmas in your heart.

Christmas is a time for making memories but for one character, a childhood trauma has meant Christmas was never celebrated again. Misunderstandings need correcting and a heart needs awakening.

Karen Schaler has created a charming novel that is warm, friendly, feel-good and humorous – there is definitely a touch of Mama Mia within the tale resulting in some situations that will make you smile.

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Scrumptious Independence by Melissa Wardwell

The Legacy She Left

Scrumptious Independence by Melissa Wardwell is a totally charming contemporary Christian novel. It is the second book in the Merriweather Island series but can be read as a stand-alone.

The novel is about a search to belong and to be loved. The leading character feels rejected by her family. She projects this rejection on to her view of God, believing she will never be ‘good enough’ for Him. She has forgotten about the gift of grace. God says she is loved by Him. She needs to believe she is who God says she is.

We also witness a journey through loss as a beloved Grandmother has died (before the novel began). A character feels adrift following this loss of unconditional love. Her anchor is gone. But she has another anchor to whom she can cling, and His name is Jesus.

When loss consumes our life, we may take our eyes off God. “I put God on the back-burner.” God never wants us to journey through our pain alone. He longs to partner with us through life.

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Somebody Someday by Joye Holmes

Heart Breaking And Inspiring

Somebody Someday by Joye Holmes – wow what an incredibly powerful and emotional book about the twenty plus years friendship of housewife Joye and homeless Butch.

This book will make you smile and your heart will swell with love as Butch, who owns nothing is so rich in his love and care for others. It broke my heart to read “All I ever wanted was to be loved and God put you in my life” – wow, such a simple request. How many other people just want the love of another? Everyone deserves to be loved.

Butch’s story will tear your heart in two as he openly says he was unwanted as he was conceived out of wedlock. He is also deaf from the age of ten due to abuse. This poor man has known so much unkindness and yet his heart is still swollen with love for others. He gives out of the little he has. He reminds me of the widow’s mite. Butch has a huge heart.

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Larkswood by Valerie Mendes

Spell Binding

Larkswood by Valerie Mendes is an epic tale that I just could not put down. Valerie Mendes drew me into the story from the start as I questioned who, what, where, when and how? As I read on, I tried to guess the answers – and failed as the jaw dropping reveal occurred.

The novel is set in 1896-7 and 1939 as England prepares for war. It is a world on the brink of change as women will need to step up into jobs vacated by men going to war. The old order is about to die but there is one more spring and summer first.

The action alternates between the two time periods. Larkswood, the house, is a keeper of secrets but little by little the truth will come out. It almost takes on a personality all of its own.

Victorian fathers ruled with an iron rod. Children who should have been cherished were cruelly treated or abandoned into the care of servants.

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